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Straight Talk about Flexible Straws
Sitting at a counter with his young daughter, Joseph Friedman watched her struggle to drink her milkshake through a straight paper straw. Friedman inserted a screw into the straw and wrapped the paper into the screw threads with dental floss. After removing the screw, the straw bent easily over the edge of the glass.
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